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Jesús Franco (screenplay)
Ramón Llidó (story)
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Release Date:
21 April 1982 (France) See more »
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An expedition searching for treasure supposedly buried by the German army in the African desert during WW II comes up against an army of Nazi zombies guarding the fortune. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Manuel Gélin ... Robert Blabert
Eduardo Fajardo ... Colonel Kurt Meitzell
France Lomay ... Erika (as France Jordan)
Jeff Montgomery ... Ben

Lina Romay ... Kurt's Wife
Myriam Landson ... Kurt's Wife

Antonio Mayans ... Sheik Mohamed Al-Kafir
Javier Maiza ... Captain Blabert
Eric Viellard ... Ronald (as Eric Saint-Just)
Caroline Audret ... Sylvie
Albino Graziani ... Prof. Deniken
Miguel Ángel Aristu ... Ahmed (as Miguel Aristu)
Henri Lambert ... Kurt (as Henry Lambert)
Doris Regina ... Aisha
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jesús Franco ... Zombie
Daniel Katz ... (uncredited)
Juan Soler ... (uncredited)
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Directed by
Jesús Franco  (as A.M. Frank)
 
Writing credits
Jesús Franco  screenplay (as A.L. Mariaux) &
Ramón Llidó  story (as Ramón Llido)

Jesús Franco (screenplay) (as J. Franco)

Produced by
Daniel Lesoeur .... associate producer (uncredited)
Marius Lesoeur .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Jesús Franco  (as Pablo Villa)
Daniel White 
 
Cinematography by
Max Monteillet 
Juan Soler 
 
Film Editing by
Jesús Franco 
Claude Gros 
 
Makeup Department
Manolita G. Fraile .... makeup artist (as Manuela Garcia Fraile)
 
Production Management
Daniel Lesoeur .... production manager
Antonio Mayans .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Daniel Jouanisson .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Claude Panier .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Richard Green .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ángel Ordiales .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Lina Romay .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Ilona Kunesova .... continuity
Sylvie Perrot .... production secretary
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La tumba de los muertos vivientes" - France (original title)
"Bloodsucking Nazi Zombies" - International (English title) (video title)
"Grave of the Living Dead" - International (English title) (literal title)
"Oasis of the Zombies" - USA (DVD title)
"The Oasis of the Living Dead" - USA
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Runtime:
Argentina:88 min | USA:82 min | France:82 min | Spain:85 min
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Canada:(Banned) (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | France:12 | Germany:16 (re-rating) (uncut) (2014) | Italy:VM18 (VHS rating) | Spain:13 | UK:15 | USA:Unrated | West Germany:16 (cut) | West Germany:18 (original rating)
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Girl victim 1:Look at the size of them. Do you suppose they're Redwoods?
Girl victim 2:They're date trees. Come on.
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15 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Granted: It's not Romero, and it's not Fulci... but I think it's worth a look., 11 November 2001
Author: jrdundie32541 from Destin, Florida

I first saw this film when I was about eight or nine. It was at a "99 Cent Video" store in Hesperia, California, and I went there with one of my parents. I always liked to comb through the horror section of video stores (and I still do). I guess I have always had some kind of (morbid?) fascination with that section of the store. Seeing all the horrific video box covers, old films and new, sitting their on the shelves -- I had more fun and more chills reading the back of those video boxes -- films such as "The Seven Doors of Death" (and, yes, I know that is actually a heavily cut version of "The Beyond" by Fulci) or "Zombie Lake", "Slaughter High", or another ghastly title (a lot of them hard to find, and ones that you'll probably never find again) -- and imagining what the particular film would be like to watch then actually watching the film itself. It was in this store that I came across Jess Franco's "Oasis of the Zombies". It was the Filmland distribution copy, and the brief, paragraphic summary on the back of the box was just as said. I don't know how, but one way or another I (conned?) my parent into renting it for me. I got home, popped it in, and began watching it. Let me diverge from the track for a minute by saying that lots of commentors on this film have said that is was "boring".

Now, I can't recall it being boring -- of course, I was only eight or night, and this film was one of those ghastly oddities from the horror section, and I had the luxury of actually being able to view it... so I was hooked. I didn't remember a lot about the film -- that is to say, about the story -- but what I did remember of it was what would come to be a graphic standard of the genre: a scene where the star zombies were making blue plate specials out of some campers in the desert. It was stomach churning, it was gruesome, yet at the same time I was covering my face with my hands, was I was looking between my fingers, I continued to watch it with that same, weird fascination.

That was also when one of my parents walked in, took one look at the movie and scene I was witnessing, said "Unh-ugh,", and turned it off, and that was the end of that.

Ten years passed before I would be able to find and watch that movie again. I didn't remember the title, and I didn't remember the story -- but I had always remembered what the box looked like, and that gory zombie luncheon scene had definitely stuck with me in the back of my mind. So, armed with that much knowledge, I had always searched different video stores during those ten years just on the chance that I might find it, and, low and behold, in August of 2001, at a video discount store in Simi Valley, California (you know, one of those places that has racks and racks of all different kinds of films for low prices), I found it without even looking for it. Same box, same everything.

I bought it for a couple of bucks, popped it in, and watched it. And I didn't see what was so bad about it. Sure, it had a very low budget, and perhaps the acting was at times mediocre, but, all in all, I still felt it was a nice effort by an apparently notorious director -- I was just as intrigued watching the film as I was ten years earlier at any rate. As I said, many have said it was boring -- particularly the "flashback time-filler". I've come to attach these type of comments from this and other films of the genre to those persons that I like to refer to as "gorehounds". They like zombie movies, they LOVE zombies movies, but the only thing they love about them, apparently, is the gore, and that's all. Now, perhaps I'm wrong here, but I felt that there was a decent attempt at concentration on the STORY here. Sure, there was a long flashback sequence -- but I don't see how it could be boring. Most of it depicted a heavy gun battle. What's boring about something like that? And so what if it did have a flashback sequence? "The Green Mile" and "The Bounty", as other films, were both told in flashback for the entirety of them. I'm not comparing this film to those wonderful cinematic events, but why don't people give old Jess a break? He gave it his best with what he had. Which is what most filmmakers do -- otherwise they wouldn't be taking the time to do it. Yes, by today's standards, this film probably is boring. But this is a foreign film, remember, and it's also twenty years old, and people had longer attention spans then.

Give this underrated film a showing if you have about an hour and a half to spare -- and don't be a gorehound and watch this film for the blood and guts; watch it for the atmosphere, which I feel it's loaded with. Pay attention to the story, because there just so happens to be a little one whether you like it or not, and you might just find yourself getting drawn into it. I quote the man on the camel at the end of this film. He asks one of the survivors of the zombie attack: "Did you find what you were looking for?" The survivor replies: "Yes... but I think I mostly found myself." Maybe you'll find a neat little gem of a movie here. Give it a chance. Granted: It's not Romero, and for all you gorehounds out there it may not be a Fulci... but I think it's worth a look.

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